Every morning I wake up at the top of a roller coaster.
Not literally, of course. My bed is actually quite comfortable.
Here’s the thing: unless we’ve had a bad dream, we wake up with a clear mind. It’s a brand new day, full of possibilities.
It could go either way.
And that’s what I mean by the whole roller coaster thing. If you’ve been on a roller coaster, you know there’s that split-second, when you’re at the top of an incline, when it feels as if you could go either way: backwards the way you came or forwards on an exhilarating download ride.
So the other morning, I woke up and decided to look at my Facebook feed. That was my top of the roller coaster moment.
The first few posts were fine, even entertaining. But then the news started to appear…
… then something about politics.
And…there I went! I started to slide backwards. I could feel that sick feeling in my stomach. This feels bad. I don’t want this.
So what do we do? We think: what can I do, right now, that will make me feel just a little bit better?
And so I did.
First, I stopped looking at Facebook (of course).
Then, I made some breakfast. (I will still feeling a bit urgh).
Then I took my shower. (Still a little urgh).
Then I thought: I know what – I’ll go for a quick walk. I like my walks, they make me feel better.
And it did!
That was what I needed. And that was what stopped the roller-coaster from falling backwards into a downward sinking day.
These moments happen all the time. Every minute of the day. And today, I know that I’m going to have to be extra-vigilant – it’s just one of those days.
The trick is to be aware of these moments, check in with yourself, and consider what would make you feel just a little bit better.